Going camping is fun, but it’ll be far from fun if you don’t lock your tent and find your belongings missing.
It might get stolen or ransacked by wild animals. Imagine being stuck in the middle of the forest with all your stuff gone!
Here are some tips on how to keep your tent locked while camping, so you don’t have to worry about thieves or animals trying to get into it.
How to Lock Your Tent From Inside
Just like your house, you should always keep it locked when you’re sleeping in it. It’s the same with your tent. Here’s how to lock your tent from the inside:
1. Create a hole
One creative way I’ve seen people accomplish this task is by creating a hole in the tent near the ground and then stuffing some cloth inside the hole.
Tie the cloth in place to make sure that it can’t be pulled out. You can then use the stakes that come with the tent to tie one end of the cloth to an anchor on the inside of your tent and secure it with some rope.
The other end of the cloth should hang through your hole, with its end completely outside of your tent.
When you need to enter or exit, just pull on either side of the cloth so that you can get in or out without having to remove anything in your way.
2. Use a padlock
Another option in how to lock your tent is to use a padlock.
Just make sure that you choose one with a combination lock rather than the kind of padlock that uses keys. Locking with a padlock is simple. Just add the locking end of your lock to one of the loops in your tent, which you can use when securing it.
3. Tie your tent to a tree or a rock
However, if you don’t want to make a hole in your tent or use a padlock, you can just tie your tent to something sturdy, like a tree or a big rock.
Find two sturdy objects about the same height and connect them securely with rope or thicker twine.
You can then attach one end of the cord that comes with your tent to an anchor on the inside of your tent and secure it with some rope.
Then you should be able to pull all four sides of your tent so they’re taut and won’t move.
Afterward, simply tie each corner of your tent to one object above and below it so that no thieves could possibly get any part open without actually untying everything from around those objects outside.
How to Lock Your Tent from the Outside
You could also use a padlock in case you need to lock your tent from outside.
This is simple in that you can just use the loop at the back of the tent, which will prevent someone from trying to break through it.
Of course, the downside of padlocks is that you have to carry around a key with you.
A better alternative would be something like a dog clip. These are usually made of plastic and can be locked in place using a small screwdriver or coin.
When it’s locked, your camping equipment will stay where it is until someone decides to mess with the clip itself.
How to Secure the Tent
You’ll want to make sure that you have secured the tent itself, not just your belongings.
This is becoming difficult with modern tents because most don’t come with any means of locking them unless they are explicitly designed for backpacking or ultralight camping.
For this kind of camping, you would need tiny little locks that are easy to carry around without adding much weight to your pack. If you can find these kinds of locks for sale at stores, then all the better.
Otherwise, you can look for holes or loops that are meant to help the tent stay up even in extreme weather conditions.
Just make sure they are very sturdy. Otherwise, there’s no point stealing your belongings only to have someone steal the tent itself.
How does it work
These kinds of locks are usually made out of plastic and are basically a padlock that can be locked into place using a small screwdriver or coin. These locks usually come in different shapes, so you’ll want to choose one that will prevent access to an area with lockable hardware.
You wouldn’t need to carry around any keys with you with this type of lock since it’s keyless. All you need is a screwdriver.
The dog clip locks are usually made of plastic and can be locked in place using a small screwdriver or coin.
When it’s locked, your camping equipment will stay where it’s at until someone decides to mess with the clip itself.
For both kinds of locks, you would need to pack them up in your stuff when you’re not nearby them. If someone decided they wanted your things bad enough, that person could quickly get through these kinds of locks without any problem.
If your tent is too close to other people’s tents, it becomes hard to keep everyone safe.
By securing your tent, you will be able to prevent potential thieves from getting in.
The most important thing to remember is that there are always new ways to keep your belongings safe.
It just takes a little creativity and the willingness to think outside of the box.
I hope this article has helped show you how to lock your tent and keep your belongings safe.